How BYU-Utah is more than a rivalry — it’s a family affair

State bragging rights are on the line as BYU and Utah meet this weekend in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. With how deep the rivalry runs between the neighboring universities, it’s no wonder ESPN ranked the BYU-Utah game the No. 7 most [...]

The 10 worst neighborhood gifts to receive 

Opening the door to a plate full of holiday treats in the weeks leading up to Christmas is a highlight of the holiday for our family. Delivering our own homemade treats is a family tradition that we look forward to and that brings us closer [...]

VIDEO: BYU’s Divine Comedy explains what it’s like to be a pedestrian in Provo in Queen parody

It’s hard to be a pedestrian in Provo. And a driver. And a bicyclist. At least, that’s the message BYU’s Divine Comedy is trying to share in its humorous new music video, “Provo Pedestrian,” a parody of Queen’s “Don’t [...]

Counting our blessings and making our blessings count

Following my high school graduation, my cousin and I traveled to England for a weeklong tour. While I enjoyed seeing the many historical sites that the British Isles has to offer, one of the highlights of my trip was visiting the All England [...]

Choosing to write: You never know the difference you will make

When people think about authors, perhaps the first names that pop into their heads are John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks, James Patterson, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and Dr. Seuss. They conjure up images of swanky parties, massive bank accounts, [...]

Why are Utah gas prices so high?

I recently returned from a trip to Dallas, Texas. Because my daughter and her family live there, my wife and I enjoy visiting the Lone Star state occasionally. It has friendly people, warm weather, shopping, entertainment, including major league [...]

9/11: Of twins, Twin Towers, faith, family and freedom

None of us will ever forget Sept. 11, 2001, a day that reminded us how fragile, dangerous and volatile life can be. We all have our own 9/11 stories. It was one of those days when you can remember exactly where you were when you heard the horrific [...]

5 life lessons from observing President Thomas S. Monson

President Thomas S. Monson is known for his perfect timing in storytelling and teachings in the LDS Church, but there is more people can learn from this leader than just what he says. In honor of President Thomas S. Monson’s 88th birthday [...]

A breakup letter with Utah’s winter

Dear Perpetually Returning Winter, On March 20th, I declared that we were officially through. And yet you keep coming back to me. So, once again, I’m saying it — WE ARE BREAKING UP! I wish I could say it’s me and not you — but [...]

Dating advice from Provo All-Stars

By UtahValley360.com Staff who have been victims of Provo All-Stars If you live in Provo, Utah, you most likely know at least one Provo All-Star (you know, the guy that is tan all winter long, loves the gym, spends his summers in sales and [...]

Peculiar, indeed: Being Mormon at the Sundance Film Festival

“You’re Mormon? You don’t look Mormon. How Mormon are you?” The Sundance volunteer’s question caught me off guard. As a native Los Angelena, I’m most comfortable being the rare Latter-day Saint among “Gentiles,” and I’m never [...]

10 ways to avoid stress, frustration and failure in college

College classes are under way for fall semester 2014. New and returning students have entered the hallways of higher education in Utah Valley with wide-eyed excitement and optimism. Most envision the ultimate outcome to be a degree, a great [...]

8 tips to getting the most out of your BYU years

Dear incoming freshman for the fall of 2014, Congratulations! Welcome to adulthood and to college. The years immediately ahead will be among the best of your life. Never again will you have so many opportunities open to you. It’s limitless! [...]

A Pixar-inspired short with a Christian theme

Summer 2014 will be remembered for many reasons — the family reunion in Wyoming, that trip to the Shops at Riverwoods splash park — it won’t, however, be memorialized for its many family-friendly films. If your family was left [...]

I may have been the last woman to attend Priesthood Session

I may have been the last woman to attend Priesthood Session. It was Spring 1993, and I was an editor at The Scroll, which was the student newspaper at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho). Prior to each semi-annual General Conference, the LDS Church [...]

How do you get on the 100 coolest women list?

The following post by Elizabeth Stitt originally appeared on lizstitt.blogspot.com in response to an infograph on Utahvalley360.com in January 2014. It is shared here with her permission. How do people get to be so awesome? Recently I read [...]

The ‘child-full’ life

This article was first posted on Alisha’s blog, The Little Love Bucket, and is shared here with her permission.  I have read a dozen articles that justify living a “child-free” life. The Time magazine featured it, New York [...]

The business of blogging: A letter to amateur bloggers

Dear amateur blogger, Hello friend. I’m one of you. I’ve dabbled in blogging for years now, wondering if I could possibly make a career of it, daydreaming about being a “professional” blogger, one of the chosen few who lives off ad [...]

The evolution of Happy Valley

By William L. (“Bill”) Fillmore, partner at Fillmore Spencer LLC While I can’t speak for the Karl G. Maeser generation, or successive generations through World War II, I am amazed at the evolution of our happy valley from the 1970s (when [...]

5 reasons I love living in Utah Valley

By Val Hale My family moved to Utah Valley in 1970 when I was 12 years old.  While I may not be a “pure” native, after 43 years of living and working here, I consider myself qualified to opine about this wonderful valley I call home. I [...]